Saturday - May 17, 2003
Soppy and Mushy
Last week Catherine was cleaning out the
fireplace when she came across two double A batteries buried in the ashes.
We recycle our batteries so it seemed odd to find them there. They must have
somehow gotten mixed up with the paper burnables. A while later she came
across a small mass of burned plastic with melted stringy stuff that looked
kind of like the remnants of a circuit board. Finally, a little while later,
I noticed that the remote to our TIVO was missing.
Itís hard to run a TIVO digital recorder
without the remote because the machine requires access to a lot of
specialized screens and menus that can only be reached with the remote
control. I gotta hand it to the TIVO Company though; they had a new one
delivered in three days. I loose my reading glasses about three times a day
and from now on the first place I start looking will be the waste basket
next to my TV chair.
I was up past twelve watching my new DVD of
the old movie "Doctor Zhivago". It was one of my favorites in high school
and I had a slight crush on Julie Christie and Geraldine Chaplin. It even
inspired me to read the book by Boris Pasternack and it was my introduction
to long Russian novels. My favorite character in the movie was played by Rod
Steiger and I thought it was great when he said, "Lara, that man is high minded. The kind of man
people pretend to look up to but secretly hate."
True to form, many of the critics didnít like
the movie and one even described it as "soppy and manipulative and mushy."
For me, itís one of my all time favorites.
Catherine is spending the weekend with her
mom and Iím toying with the idea of planting some tomatoes. Prepare for some
future entries about gophers. We have so many that our property looks like
the surface of the moon.